Anna Nicoles Stern hires lawyer to tackle unfounded media attacks

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ATLANTA (AP) Howard K. Stern, the former companion of Anna Nicole Smith, has hired a lawyer who said Monday he may sue media Stern believes are implicating him in the overdose deaths of Smith and her son.

ATLANTA (AP) Howard K. Stern, the former companion of Anna Nicole Smith, has hired a lawyer who said Monday he may sue media Stern believes are implicating him in the overdose deaths of Smith and her son.

The nightly television, tabloid and Internet trial of Mr. Stern in the court of public opinion based on sensational lies, speculation, rumour and gossip is over, Atlanta lawyer Lin Wood said in a news release.

Smith, the former Playboy Playmate and reality TV star, died Feb. 8 after being found in a Florida hotel room.

A medical examiner ruled she died of an accidental overdose of sleeping medication and at least eight other prescription drugs, along with a case of the flu and a bacterial infection from injecting drugs into her buttocks. Most of the drugs were prescribed in Sterns name, the medical examiner found.

The release of the medical examiners report marked the end of a police investigation in Florida.

The medical examiner concluded that the death of Anna Nicole Smith was accidental. No one has produced any evidence to rebut this conclusion because no such evidence exists, said Wood, who represented John and Patsy Ramsey after the death of their daughter, child beauty queen JonBenet.

Daniel Smith, the models 20-year-old son, died Sept. 10 as he visited his mother three days after she gave birth in a Bahamian hospital to her daughter, Dannielynn. Daniel Smiths death was ruled an overdose, but an inquest into whether it was accidental has been put on hold.

Organizations: Florida hotel

Geographic location: ATLANTA, Florida

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